Muddy Waters is arguably among the greatest blues men of all time. Raised in a small town in Mississippi, by the time he began performing in public you was already an amazingly good player, specialising in the guitar and harmonica. A move to Chicago saw him experiencing amplified instruments for the first time, and in 1948 he signed to the fledgling Aristocrat Records label, later to become Chess Records. By this time, he was already leading a phenominal blues outfit and releasing several classic singles like Hoochie Coochie Man, I've Got My Mojo Working and I'm Ready. In 1958, Waters toured Britain. Almost without question, this tour more than any other change things in the country, spawning groups like The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds. Shortly after the tour, Waters' star began to fade commercially. Despite teaming up with disciples such as Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield and The Band much of Muddy's subsequent output was uninspired. However, he would recapture his spark with later albums.
Followers: Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Edgar Winter, Paul Rodgers, Angus Young
Influenced By: Robert Johnson, Son House, Robert Nighthawk...